Only in town for the weekend? We’ve curated an itinerary outlining the things you can’t miss.



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Thursday, April 13

Kick off your Tom Tom experience on an inspirational note at the second annual Youth Summit, 9AM-3PM, The Paramount Theater. This student-planned and student-led event convenes high school students, educators and civic leaders from across Virginia, offering inspirational stories and the chance to participate in high-energy entrepreneurial challenges.

Experience innovation in action at the inaugural Hometown Summit. Presented with UVA’s Darden School of Business, our newest initiative explores how small and mid-sized cities with big ideas pilot path-breaking solutions to 21st century challenges. This multi-day Summit combines dozens of interactive keynotes, workshops and peer-led panels, offering a chance to learn from leaders of some of the nation’s most creative and successful campaigns for community change. Hometown Summit programming runs through Saturday, April 15.

Thursday Night, April 13

In the evening, after dinner and a cocktail, join Lester Brown, the founder of the Earth Policy Institute, and Jerome Ringo, the founder & chairman of Zoetic Global, for Innovations in Energy: Future of Renewables, 5PM-7:30PM, The Paramount Theater. Then stay for Innovations in Democracy: First 100 Days of Trump, 8PM-10PM, The Paramount Theater, where leading national experts–including the New York Times’ Peter Baker, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, and U.S. Senator Mark Warner– explore topics of national relevance. But your night doesn’t stop there! Listen to some of Charlottesville’s most talented musicians perform at bars and restaurants along the mall as part of our Downtown Concert Series, 7PM-12AM, Downtown Mall. Cap off the night dancing to your own beat at theSilent Disco, 9:30-11:30PM, Old Metropolitan Hall.

Friday Day, April 14

Friday is a packed day, with the Founders Summit and the Hometown Summit starting at 9AM. The Founders Summit is Tom Tom’s marquee event, combining keynotes, workshops, luncheons, and exclusive access to leading founders. If you’re looking for career inspiration, look no further! 2017 keynote speakers include:

Friday Night, April 14

After the Founders Summit, head over to Lee Park for the Friday Night Block Party, which starts at 5 p.m. With amazing free concerts, a New Belgium Craft Beer Garden, and the best food trucks in Charlottesville, the first of the weekend’s block party is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Friday night’s lineup includes: Boy Named Banjo, Adrian Duke, The Fritz and the Sleepwalkers.

Saturday Morning, April 15

Head over to the City Market to watch C’ville’s very own Iron Chef Competition, 9AM, City Market, in which six talented contestants create an all-locally sourced dish, in less than an hour, using ingredients from the market.

The Founders Summit and Hometown Summit are still in full swing! Take some time to attend workshops and keynote speeches, and to hear from the nation’s top innovators.

Saturday Afternoon, April 15

Starting at noon in Lee Park, join the Saturday Block Party, 12PM-11PM, Lee Park for Artisanal Tom Tom, an open-air market featuring local and regional vendors selling their vintage and hand-made jewelry, apparel, art, home goods, and furniture. Stick around for more great free concerts, local food trucks, and some truly outstanding art events. Be sure to join local painters, illustrators, and sculptors for the Art Attack, a day of on-the-spot art-making.

Stroll over to the McGuffey Open House, 12PM-4PM, McGuffey Art Center to explore downtown’s largest art space! Throughout the day, McGuffey will host workshops, demos, en plein air painting, mural painting, and yoga. Walk down the mall to see City Stages, 12PM-2PM, Downtown Mall, a series of ad hoc public “stages” offering  a variety of musical and live art performances. It’s your chance to enjoy everything from acoustic ensembles, to a cappella groups, and dance performances.

Saturday Night, April 15

Circle back to the Block Party to hear another outstanding lineup of bands, including The Dawn Drapes, The Fat Catz, Buddha Council, Bencoolen, The Trongone Band, and Adar.

Make sure to spend your evening at the Sunset Concert, listening to the likes of progressive rock band, The Mantras, then join the craziest reggae dance party you’ll ever be a part of as Spiritual Rez takes the stage.

Finally, ELBY BRASS will lead a Nighttime Parade along the downtown mall, ending at an afterparty at Mono Loco restaurant.

All Week, April 10-16

Now in its third year, the City Art Bus is a collaborative project between Tom Tom and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). It’s a key component of Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative, which aims to transform everyday experiences into public art. This year, our artist-in-residence Paul Hostetler’s dinosaur design will wrap a 35-foot clean diesel bus, transforming it into a mobile mural seen by more than 200,000 Charlottesville commuters.

Throughout your Tom Tom time, enjoy Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local farms and our region’s premier chefs. While you’re there, enjoy the delicious concoctions of our Craft Cocktail Competition mixologists–note that each specialty drink features at least one local ingredient. Don’t forget to review the cocktail online afterwards!